Tutu Puoane – Music & Words

During the successful tour with her Joni Mitchell Project in which she interpreted Mitchell’s unique songs and lyrics in a personal way, Tutu Puoane rediscovered her love for poetry, and the idea of ​​making music to some of her favorite poems grew. She chose the oeuvre of her fellow South African Lebogang Mashile, and together with pianist Ewout Pierreux – her partner in life and music for over fifteen years – she wrote a new repertoire to a selection of Mashile’s powerful words. The result is a glowing balance between words and music, with influences from jazz, soul and singer-songwriting.

Puoane’s beautiful voice and intuition, her sense of rhythm and melody, combined with her typical charm and sense of humor on stage, make every concert an event that will stay with you. Due to her infectious personality, she effortlessly succeeds in touching music lovers outside regular genre borders. She makes you laugh, she lets you shed a tear, she lets you sing and dance along: she moves you in every possible way.

Available in different settings:

DUO w/ Ewout Pierreux (piano or Rhodes)

ACOUSTIC QUARTET w/ Ewout Pierreux (piano), Clemens van der Feen (double bass), Dré Pallemaerts (drums)

ELECTRIC QUARTET w/ Ewout Pierreux (Rhodes), Clemens van der Feen (electric bass), Dré Pallemaerts (drums)

For bookings/inquiries, please contact Tutu’s booking agent Griet De Blende: //

Tutu Puoane & Rebirth::Collective – It Might As Well Be Swing

Think Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, … The first word that comes to mind is Swing. Legendary artists who raised their voices into instruments, did not merely let themselves be accompanied by their band, but entered into full-fledged dialogue, and who sang the Great American Songbook into history.
Tutu Puoane will be working with the repertoire of the great ‘crooners’, in collaboration with Rebirth :: Collective, an eight-piece orchestra (five wind instruments, piano, double bass and drums) that combines the sound of a real full big band with the agility of a smaller ensemble, whose members are all top musicians who work with a.o. Clouseau, Daan, Liefde Voor Muziek, Bart Peeters, Flat Earth Society, André Brasseur, Jef Neve, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, …
Own arrangements of well-known crooner hits and Tutu’s fantastic voice and African musical background provide a unique and contemporary take on the vocal and big band tradition and fireworks on stage.

ON TOUR IN SPRING 2021 – check the GIGS-page of this website for exact dates.

For bookings/inquiries, please contact Tutu’s booking agent Griet De Blende: //

Small World

Small World is a collaboration project between two South African and three Belgian jazz musicians. The band grew out of the personal and musical friendship between South African trumpet player Marcus Wyatt and Belgian piano player Ewout Pierreux. They met in South Africa in 2004 and have been working and playing together ever since, in Africa as well as in Europe.

The band has played two tours in Europe before, in 2014 and 2016, and has been expanding its audience in Belgium, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In November 2016 they recorded two concerts at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club in Basel, Switzerland. A selection of tracks from those sessions was released as a live album in the beginning of 2018. In August 2019 they did an extensive tour in South Africa, from Cape Town to the Karoo, to East London, Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria.

The music of the project consists of a repertoire of mainly originals from the band members. The tunes are very loosely arranged and made subject to the power of the collective, with strong interaction between the musicians. The groove, soul, lyricism, creativity and joy of the ensemble guarantee an adventurous and entertaining mix that sounds different every time.


Marcus Wyatt (SA) – trumpet // Ewout Pierreux (B) – piano // Steven Delannoye (B) – tenor sax // Romy Brauteseth (SA) – bass / Teun Verbruggen (B) – drums

ON TOUR IN BELGIUM with JAZZLAB ( in April/May 2021. Check the GIGS-page on this website for exact dates!

For bookings/inquiries, please send a message via the CONTACT-page of this website. Thank you!